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Ellis’ fate in balance

Fil-Am swingman Chris Ellis, who was recently traded to Blackwater by Barangay Ginebra, is sitting out the rest of the PBA Governors Cup not of his own volition but because it’s what the doctor ordered.

Ellis’ Ginebra contract was assumed by Blackwater and will expire this month. He reported for his first Blackwater practice early this month excited to contribute to the team’s playoff push but collapsed on the floor and was rushed to the De Los Santos Medical Center in an ambulance.  Ellis was confined overnight and found to be afflicted with leptospirosis. Nephrologist Dr. Brando Navidad has ordered complete rest for 30 days. He still has to play a game for Blackwater.

Chris Ellis.
“Unfortunately, Chris fell very ill,” said Ellis’ agent Charlie Dy. “He’s trying to be careful as not to aggravate his condition. He’s been told to rest until fully recovered because his head is still pounding and there’s some muscle deterioration due to leptospirosis. Chris is following his doctor’s orders to the letter because he doesn’t want to take any chances.”

Blackwater team manager Johnson Martinez said he has asked Dy to set up a meeting with Ellis. “We’re worried,” said Martinez. “Our PT has seen the medical report. Once he’s stable, we’d like to find out if he’s interested to play with us.” Martinez said renewing Ellis’ contract will depend on the discussion at the meeting with the final decision up to Blackwater team owner Dioceldo Sy. At presstime, no meeting has been set.

“I advised Chris to contact Johnson directly so they can talk,” said Dy. “I hope Blackwater realizes that Chris is just being cautious because leptospirosis is no joke.”  

Ellis was Ginebra’s first round draft pick in 2012, the sixth overall choice after JuneMar Fajardo, Calvin Abueva, Alex Mallari, Cliff Hodge and Aldrech Ramos. He averaged 6.8 points and 3.8 rebounds in 149 games over his first four years with Ginebra. This season, Ellis averaged 5.2 points in the Philippine Cup, 4.9 points in the Commissioner’s Cup and 3.5 points in six games in the Governors Cup before the trade to Blackwater.

Author: Joaquin Henson, Philippine Star
Full Article: http://www.philstar.com/sports/2017/09/24/1742182/ellis-fate-balance

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